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Noctua NH-L12 Low-profile Quiet CPU Cooler with 120/90mm Dual PWM Fan

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  • 120/92mm dual fan design. Thanks to its exquisite dual fan setup consisting of Noctua's highly optimized NF-F12 (120mm) and NF-B9 (92mm) premium fans, the NH-L12 pushes the bar in terms of low-profile quiet cooling performance.
  • The NH-L12 can be used with the NF-B9 92mm fan only in order to reduce the overall height to 66mm. This way, the cooler is suitable for many typical µATX or Mini-ITX enclosures and ideal for whisper-quiet HTPC systems.
  • PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors. The NH-L12's NF-F12 and NF-B9 fans support PWM for convenient automatic speed control. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced to 1200/1300rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors for even quieter operation.
  • Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA 2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
  • Some Intel based Mini-ITX main boards don't allow for the installation of backplates. The NH-L12 thus comes with an extra set of Intel mounting bolts which make it possible to install the cooler without using the SecuFirm2 backplate.
  • Fan Size: Noctua NF-F12 PWM & NF-B9 PWM. Compatibility: Intel LGA 2011, LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA775, AMD, AMD2 AM2+, AM3, AM 3+, FM 1 (Backplate required). Bearing: SSO-Bearing (Self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing). RPM +/- 10%: 1500/1600 RPM (Max), 1200/1300 RPM(w/L.N.A).
  • Material: Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Alum.(cooling Fins), Soldered Joints, Nickel Plated. Dimension : 5.04-Inchx5.9-Inchx 2.6-Inch (Without Fan), 5.04-Inchx5.9-Inchx 3.66-Inch (With Fan). Weight: 1.0 Lbs (Without Fan), 1.5 Lbs (With Fan)
  • Min Rotation Speed (PWM): 300/300RPM. Air Flow: 93.4/64.3m³/h (Max), 74.3/52.6 m³/h (w/L.N.A.), 63.4m³/h (W/U.L.N.A). Acoustical Noise: 22.4/17.6 dB(A) (Max), 18.6/13.1dB(A)(w/L.N.A ). Input Power: 0.6/0.96W.Voltage Range : 12V.MTBF > 150,000h.
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2.6 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007C861WO
  • Item model number: NH-L12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 22, 2012

Product Description

The NH-L12 is a low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. With its flexible NF-F12 (120mm)/NF-B9 (92mm) dual PWM fan setup, the NH-L12 can be configured either for full performance in dual fan mode or extra-low profile (66mm) with the top fan removed. Bundled with the award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound and Noctua's SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, the NH-L12 packs everything a premium quality quiet cooler needs into a highly compact package. Caution: The NH-L12 is a low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. While it provides first rate performance in its class, it is not suitable for overclocking and should be used with care on CPUs with more than 95W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please consult our TDP guidelines to find out whether the NH-L12 is recommended for your CPU.

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It fits on it fine, though it looks like it *might* block one of the four memory slots.
Kurt J Barajas
After browsing further I found this gem here and decided to roll with it since Noctua is a company infamous for the high quality of their products.
Gonzo
The Nocuta NH-L12 is a very well designed CPU cooler that works quite well in doing what it's supposed to do, and that's keep your CPU cool.
Kristofer Brozio

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristofer Brozio on November 13, 2012
The Nocuta NH-L12 is a very well designed CPU cooler that works quite well in doing what it's supposed to do, and that's keep your CPU cool. The NH-L12 is designed to fit into smaller style cases and I think it should do that just fine especially since it comes with two fans and you can remove the top one to have the cooler be lower in height. This adjust-ability allows the cooler to be able to fit in most any sized case or system, be it SFF or HTPC.

I found the cooler to be very efficient keeping my CPU (Corei7 2600k) Cool and doing it in a quiet manner that I can appreciate and I think you will to.

Some people, like myself, might have issues getting this cooler installed in their system due to the low height and the overall width of it. Due to the integrated heatsinks on my motherboard (Asus P8z68-v Pro/Gen3) I found I could only install it one way and it was a tight fit.

There's also a slight concern regarding ram as with the NH-L12 installed you won't be able to use memory that features large heatspreaders. I'm not sure that's much of a concern though as that type of ram is more made for overclocking and this cooler is not made for that type of system.

Pros:
+Decent cooling ability
+Fairly easy installation
+Quiet
+Should fit in most any case
+Works great with one or two fans
+Works with 120mm or 92mm fans
+Can be used with lower 92mm fan only to make cooler lower in height where space is an issue

Cons:
-Can't use large style ram
-Might not fit motherboards with built-in chipset coolers
-Cooler orientation can be limited by motherboard layout
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JE3146 on March 31, 2012
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First off, I will say that I've been hunting for the perfect heatsink for about 6 months. Anyone who owns a Thermaltake Armor A30 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Mobile Portable LANparty Gaming Case 230MM Oversized LED Fan Long with Graphic Card Support VM70001W2Z case can attest the clearance provided underneath the power supply is limited in an otherwise well laid out case.

This heatsink fits (in two fan mode) within that clearance, with about 4-5mm to spare. This minimal clearance will require you to have a power supply with a large enough fan on the bottom to provide adequate airflow to the processor fan. This is not optimal if your PSU generates a lot of heat. I would highly recommend a very efficient PSU to accommodate this.

EDIT:: Wanted to add, this requires reversing your PSU fans as well. Even with them pulling opposite direction though, the performance was not bad at all.

System Setup:
Case: Thermaltake Armor A30
PSU: Corsair HX750W
GPU: MSI GTX580 Lightning
CPU: Intel i7-2600K
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA1155 Z68 ROG
HDD: Adata S511 120GB SSD
Optical: Sony BWU-500S BD Burner

Heatsink Setup:
Mounted in setup #1, left to right, with heatpipes on the left(while facing the front of the case) drawing the heat away from my GPU backplate.
Using provided Noctua Thermal Compound using 5 dot method.
Not using provided low noise cables.

If you want scientific results, there are a dozen reviews up on websites across the net.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert on March 31, 2012
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System:
Case: Thermaltake LANBOX VF1000SWA
PSU: Seasonic SS-460FL
GPU: PowerColor AX6870 2GBD5-6DG Eyefinity 6 Edition
CPU: LGA775 Intel Core 2 Q9650 (w/ Speedstep enabled)
RAM: G.Skill DDR2 8GB (4x 2GB)
Motherboard: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI
HDD: 3.5" SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB

Heatsink Setup:
-Both fans mounted (120mm Top, 92mm Bottom)
-Did not use the included Low Noise Adapters
-Orientation: Heatpipes pointing towards the rear (near the rear case fans). Since the case is not standing vertically I think this orientation is ok. **This orientation is not recommended for cases that are stood vertically by Noctua**

Case Setup:
2x Rear 60mm Vantec SF6025L (Using a resistor cable 3-pin to drop it from 12V down to 5-7v for low noise)
1x Front 92mm Scythe DFS922512M (Using a resistor cable 3-pin to drop it from 12V down to 5-7v for low noise)
- Removed the HDD cage (for improved airflow from the front of the case)
- No internal CD-Rom, use External

Results: I used OCCT (v4.2 as of this review) to perform the CPU test (about 5-6 hours on CPU:OCCT). On idle/non CPU instensive task this setup hovers at 47C, during the CPU test temps did not go past 67C. This is with both fans mounted (92mm Height) with just a slight small clearance right below the PSU for this case. The loudest component in this setup is from the videocard stock heatsink fan. I highly recommend this Heatsink for the Low Profile setups.

Pros:
- Clear Instructions, a separate foldout instructions is included for the supported Sockets (Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x, LGA775) (AMD (backplate required) AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1)
- High Quality TIM provided
- Low Noise Adapters included
- Removable Top fan to reduce the profile of the heatsink to 66mm (Single Fan Mode) (92mm w/ Top fan)
- Finished fins (so you don't cut yourself easily)

Cons:
- Can't think of any.
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